Flags Lowered Across Washington To Honor Landslide Victims

Apr 15, 2014

Flags are flying at half mast across Washington state this afternoon to honor victims of last month's deadly landslide.

Flags fly at half mast in front of Washington State Capitol.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A solitary bagpiper played "Amazing Grace" as two state patrolmen slowly lowered the state and national flags flying over the capitol plaza in Olympia. Governor Jay Inslee requested flags statewide be flown at half staff for one week.

After the flag lowering ceremony, the governor traveled back to the disaster area. Inslee said he wants to observe a community meeting to discuss reopening the severed highway SR 530.

The governor said how to do that "in a safe and respectful way" presents a challenge. He added that the state is giving this increasing focus.

Earlier Tuesday the Snohomish County Medical Examiner raised the death toll from last month's slide to 37. That's an increase of one. The number of missing remains at seven.

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